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article imageEverest avalanche triggered by Nepal earthquake caught on video

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 27, 2015 in World
Kathmandu - A German climber, Jost Kobusch , posted to YouTube Sunday footage showing a deadly avalanche sweeping through the base camp at Mt. Everest. The avalanche was triggered by Saturday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal in decades.
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About 17 people were killed and several more injured in the avalanche. Media reports also say that more than 3,700 people have been killed in the affected areas of the Himalayas region of Nepal.
The camera pans across the sprawling base camp at the beginning of the footage. The atmosphere in the camp appears relaxed and leisurely. But someone raises alarm that he feels the ground shaking.
We see people running in the distance before the avalanche appears. The initial calm quickly gives way to chaotic panic as a huge wall of snow, ice, rock and other debris advances rapidly toward the camp, rumbling menacingly, flattening everything in its path.
Climbers run in panic for shelter in their tents as the avalanche rolls over the camp. Kobusch, who had posted clips to YouTube about his Everest expedition, also runs for safety behind a tent.
"The ground was shaking from the earthquake and as soon as we saw people running we were running ourselves to save our lives," He writes on YouTube.
The video shows people emerging from their tents after the avalanche had passed, looking disoriented as they survey the chaotic scene. They begin searching for survivors in flattened tents.
About 1,000 people were reportedly on the mountain at the time the avalanche hit the base camp. Officials said the 1,000 included 400 foreigners, some at the base camp and others engaged in the arduous climb to the top of the mountain.
Rescue helicopters arrived soon after to evacuate the injured. But according to Al Jazeera, the efforts were hampered by threatening aftershocks that triggered even more avalanches.
At least 17 people were killed at Mt. Everest in multiple avalanches triggered by the earthquake and aftershocks.
Residents of the Nepali capital Kathmandu, have expressed outrage at the slow response of the authorities to the disaster. Thousands of residents of the city have camped out in the streets without food and water, out of fear of aftershocks.
Reuters reports that thousands are fleeing the city in terror after a series of powerful aftershocks created very "chaotic conditions."
One of the major aftershocks that occurred on Sunday morning registered magnitude 6.7.
The streets were jammed with terror-stricken residents trying to obtain rides on buses and cars out of the city to the surrounding plains. The city’s Tribhuvan International Airport was also jammed with foreigners trying to fly out.
The chaos in the city was complicated by the bizarre phenomenon of "disaster tourists," consisting of people streaming in from unaffected areas to view the damage in the city, according to Al Jazeera.
More than 3,700 people have reportedly been killed in the entire region affected by the earthquake, at least 6,000 people injured and hundreds of thousands displaced.
Officials said the death toll could exceed 5,000 as the rescue operations progress and more victims are dug out of the rubble in the densely populated city.
The Red Cross has expressed concern that the focus of meager disaster response resources on the city could lead to the abandonment of people in rural areas northwest of Kathmandu, near to the epicenter of the quake.
Some of the villages were reportedly destroyed completely.
Even as the threat of acute shortage of food and water that could worsen the situation loomed, supplies began arriving in the country Sunday, from India and Pakistan, with relief workers and doctors.
The earthquake is Nepal's worst natural disaster in more than 80 years and the death toll the highest ever on Mt. Everest in a single day.
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